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The Timeline to Tyranny

Post#1 » Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:48 pm

The Timeline to Tyranny
Ten advances towards the end of freedom and privacy in the United States

Prison Planet | August 7, 2007
Paul Joseph Watson

The top ten advances towards tyranny in the United States during the tenure
of the Bush administration, from the Patriot Act to the latest expansion of
the illegal eavesdropping surveillance program.

1) The USA Patriot Act

The party line often heard from Neo-Cons in their attempts to defend the
Patriot Act either circulate around the contention that the use of the
Patriot Act has never been abused or that it isn't being used against
American citizens. Here is an archive of articles that disproves both of
these fallacies.

The Patriot Act was the boiler plate from which all subsequent attacks on
the Constitution were formed.

2) Total Information Awareness

"Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you
buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail
you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit
you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these
transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department
describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database," infamously wrote New
York Times writer William Safire , announcing the birth of Total Information
Awareness, a kind of Echelon on steroids introduced a year after 9/11.

TIA was not canned, it was simply removed from the newspaper, renamed and
continues to operate under a guise of different programs.

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3) USA Patriot Act II

The second Patriot Act was a mirror image of powers that Julius Caesar and
Adolf Hitler gave themselves. Whereas the First Patriot Act only gutted the
First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and seriously damaged the Seventh
and the Tenth, the Second Patriot Act reorganized the entire Federal
government as well as many areas of state government under the dictatorial
control of the Justice Department, the Office of Homeland Security and the
FEMA NORTHCOM military command.

The Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, also known as the Second Patriot
Act is by its very structure the definition of dictatorship.

4) Military Commissions Act

Slamming the final nail in the coffin of everything America used to stand
for, the boot-licking U.S. Senate gave President Bush the legal authority to
abduct and sexually mutilate American citizens and American children in the
name of the war on terror in passing the Military Commissions Act and
officially ending Habeas Corpus.

There is nothing in the "detainee" legislation that protects American
citizens from being kidnapped by their own government and tortured.

The New York Times stated that the legislation introduced, "A dangerously
broad definition of “illegal enemy combatant” in the bill could subject
legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens living in
their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite detention with no hope
of appeal. The president could give the power to apply this label to anyone
he wanted."

Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman states in the L.A. Times , "The compromise
legislation....authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy
combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown
into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other
of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights."

Similarly, law Professor Marty Lederman explain s: "this [subsection (ii) of
the definition of 'unlawful enemy combatant'] means that if the Pentagon
says you're an unlawful enemy combatant -- using whatever criteria they
wish -- then as far as Congress, and U.S. law, is concerned, you are one,
whether or not you have had any connection to 'hostilities' at all."

5) John Warner Defense Authorization Act

The Bush Junta quietly "tooled up" to utilize the U.S. military in engaging
American dissidents after the next big crisis, with a frightening and
overlooked piece of legislation that was passed alongside the Military
Commissions Act, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act , which greased
the skids for armed confrontation and abolishes posse comitatus.

6) Illegal Domestic Wiretapping Program

"Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the
National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the
United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the
court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according
to government officials," reported the New York Times on December 16, 2005

The secret warrantless spying program was a complete violation of both the
4th Amendment and FISA.

7) Expansion of Illegal Domestic Wiretapping Program

Not content with now being lawfully allowed to force ISP's and cell phone
companies to turn over data about customers without a warrant, the Bush
administration is pushing for even more authority to spy on American
citizens, and has already been handed a 6 month window within which to
impose any surveillance policy it likes, and for that program to remain
legal in perpetuity.

The administration has a 6 month window in which to impose any surveillance
program it chooses and that program will go unchallenged and remain legally
binding in perpetuity - it cannot be revoked. Under the definitions of the
legislation, Bush has been granted absolute dictator status for a minimum of
6 months.

If he so chooses, and so long as it's implemented within the next half year,
Bush could build a database of every website visited by every American - and
the policy would be immune from Congressional challenge even after the
"surveillance gap" legislation reaches its sunset

8) Martial Law Presidential Decision Directive 51

New legislation signed on May 9, 2007, declares that in the event of a
"catastrophic event", the President can take total control over the
government and the country, bypassing all other levels of government at the
state, federal, local, territorial and tribal levels, and thus ensuring
total unprecedented dictatorial power .

The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive , which
also places the Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of domestic
"security", was signed earlier this month without the approval or oversight
of Congress and seemingly supercedes the National Emergency Act which allows
the president to declare a national emergency but also requires that
Congress have the authority to "modify, rescind, or render dormant" such
emergency authority if it believes the president has acted inappropriately.

9) Destruction of the Dollar

Former World Bank Vice President, Chief Economist and Nobel Prize winner
Joseph Stiglitz has predicted a global economic crash within 24 months -
unless the current downturn is successfully managed. Asked if the situation
was being properly handled Stiglitz emphatically responded "no,".

Stiglitz caused controversy in October 2001 when he exposed rampant
corruption within the IMF and blew the whistle on their nefarious methods of
inducing countries to fall under their debt before stripping them of
sovereignty and hollowing out their economies. Stiglitz agreed that the
process of hijacking and looting key infrastructure on the part of the IMF
and World Bank, as an offshoot of predatory globalization, had now moved
from the third world to Europe, the United States and Canada.

10) Amnesty & The North American Union

The open plan to merge the US with Mexico and Canada and create a Pan
American Union has long been a Globalist brainchild but its very real and
prescient implementation on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations has
finally been reported on by mainstream news outlets.

The framework on which the American Union is being pegged is the NAFTA Super
Highway, a four football-fields-wide leviathan that stretches from southern
Mexico through the US up to Montreal Canada .Coupled with Bush's blanket
amnesty program , the Pan American Union is the final jigsaw piece for the
total dismantling of America as we know it.

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